Spark is a 6-month old Golden Retriever from Denver, Colorado. He attended our 3-Week Advanced Off-Leash Obedience Training Camp. His family lives in an older neighborhood and the sidewalks are busy with other dogs and joggers. Since Spark is still a puppy and quite excitable, he had a hard time keeping still.
Spark was taught come, sit, down, place, let’s go, free, leave it, yes, and no. He was taught these commands initially through verbal praise and food rewards. When he understood the criteria of the commands, we introduced corrections through a prong first. Once he understood that stay was implied and that he had to wait for the release command before getting up, we worked on implementing the remote collar. He took to this very well!
Spark made fantastic progress for his age. While he forgets that he is supposed to be listening at times, he quickly focuses back in with a simple verbal reminder. His off-leash come is quick and on the ball while his stays are solid among a variety of distraction.